1900s 14k 0.18 CTW Old European Diamond & Pearl Egyptian Revival Pharaoh Stick Pin by Bippart, Griscom & Osborn
1900s 14k 0.18 CTW Old European Diamond & Pearl Egyptian Revival Pharaoh Stick Pin by Bippart, Griscom & Osborn
1900s 14k 0.18 CTW Old European Diamond & Pearl Egyptian Revival Pharaoh Stick Pin by Bippart, Griscom & Osborn
1900s 14k 0.18 CTW Old European Diamond & Pearl Egyptian Revival Pharaoh Stick Pin by Bippart, Griscom & Osborn
1900s 14k 0.18 CTW Old European Diamond & Pearl Egyptian Revival Pharaoh Stick Pin by Bippart, Griscom & Osborn
1900s 14k 0.18 CTW Old European Diamond & Pearl Egyptian Revival Pharaoh Stick Pin by Bippart, Griscom & Osborn
1900s 14k 0.18 CTW Old European Diamond & Pearl Egyptian Revival Pharaoh Stick Pin by Bippart, Griscom & Osborn
1900s 14k 0.18 CTW Old European Diamond & Pearl Egyptian Revival Pharaoh Stick Pin by Bippart, Griscom & Osborn
1900s 14k 0.18 CTW Old European Diamond & Pearl Egyptian Revival Pharaoh Stick Pin by Bippart, Griscom & Osborn
1900s 14k 0.18 CTW Old European Diamond & Pearl Egyptian Revival Pharaoh Stick Pin by Bippart, Griscom & Osborn
1900s 14k 0.18 CTW Old European Diamond & Pearl Egyptian Revival Pharaoh Stick Pin by Bippart, Griscom & Osborn
1900s 14k 0.18 CTW Old European Diamond & Pearl Egyptian Revival Pharaoh Stick Pin by Bippart, Griscom & Osborn
1900s 14k 0.18 CTW Old European Diamond & Pearl Egyptian Revival Pharaoh Stick Pin by Bippart, Griscom & Osborn

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1900s 14k 0.18 CTW Old European Diamond & Pearl Egyptian Revival Pharaoh Stick Pin by Bippart, Griscom & Osborn

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General Information:

  • Total Carat Weight: 0.18 ctw
  • Precious Metal Weight: 1.16 dwt
  • Precious Metal Material:  14k yellow gold (stamped and tested)
  • Dimensions:  Overall, the pin measures 56.96 mm. The pinhead measures 16.25 mm north to south x 11.27 mm east to west x 2.80 mm deep.
  • Weight: 1.80 grams
  • Markings The stem is stamped with a "14K" followed by a horizontally-oriented torch emblem with a flame. This latter symbol is that of the famed jewelry house Bippart, Griscom & Osborn, which was first established during the last quarter of the 19th century between 1880-1885 as Bippart & Co. By 1901 during the very end of the Victorian years and the start of the Edwardian period, the company was formally renamed Bippart, Griscom & Osborn, and by the late Art Deco period in the 1930s, its molds and dies were bought out by Krementz & Co., which continued to use the Bippart, Griscom & Osborn designs in the subsequent decades. 
  • Era: According to  Bippart, Griscom & Osborn's company records, the maker's mark of this piece indicates that it was produced between 1901-1905. This was during the height of Egyptian Revivalism, which began when the Suez Canal opened in 1869, and subsequently the discovery of King Tutankhamun's tomb in 1922. Such "exotic" themes inspired by the ancient civilizations of both the Middle East and Africa soared in popularity between the 1870s and the 1920s, a period spanning from the mid to late Victorian era to the end of the Art Deco movement.
  • Buyer Notes: This pin represents a provenance of historic and cultural context, a reverent fascination with the ancient world that was so remote and yet so freshly rediscovered. Stick pins are so often reimagined as other jewelry forms, rendering an original, unchanged pin of this caliber of maker a rarity on the market. It features a 'bloomed' effect, wherein the maker would coat the surface in a blast of high karat gold for an added richness of tonality. The diamond and pearl elements add sparkle and luster in harmony with the gold backdrop, while the figural motif has been an ever popular theme in jewelry since ancient times. 

    Specifications:

    • Center Stone Type: Diamond
    • Center Stone Count: One (1)
    • Center Stone Carat Weight: 0.021 ct by formula per the specific gravity of diamond
    • Center Stone Dimensions: 1.82 x 1.67 x 1.1 mm 
    • Center Stone Shape: Old European Cut
    • Center Stone Color: G
    • Center Stone Clarity: SI1
    • Side Stone Type: Cultured pearl
    • Side Stone Count: One (1)
    • Side Stone Carat Weight: 0.16 ct by formula per the specific gravity of pearl 
    • Side Stone Dimensions: 2.83 x 2.77 x 2.65 mm 
    • Side Stone Shape: Near round, whole
    • Side Stone Color: Warm cream to ecru
    • Side Stone Clarity: Fair luster and orient

    The Story:

    Buttery and bloomed, this gold stick pin is exquisitely made by renowned maker Bippart, Griscom & Osborn, and exists as one of only a small handful remaining on the open market. This piece is rare, its geometricized figural motif highly sought after. The design is that of an Egyptian pharaoh in profile, completed with a ridged Nemes headdress, made famous by the young warrior King Tut. It was traditionally blue and gold striped, designed to resemble the iconic mane of a lion, and was worn to symbolize great power. Thus, the sarcophagus of a royal always bore a rendering of such a headdress as an eternal reminder and 'crown' of authority and legacy.

    Egyptian Revival jewelry included a range of motifs, most memorably scarabs and pharaohs, and gained popularity by the 1880s with the opening of the Suez Canal a few decades prior in 1869. The style began to trend again, and certainly influenced, the Art Deco period following the discovery of the Pharaoh Tutankhamun in 1922. Interestingly, the hallmark of this pin enlighten us as to its date of creation sometime between 1901-1905. This means that this pin was cast roughly two decades before the most historically recognized wave of Egyptian Revivalism to hit Europe and America during the 20th century-- rendering this piece significant as an early, tangible usher of the Jazz Age's most favored trends.

    No doubt, this pin was worn as a cravat fastener by a cultured academic of his time, one who knew and valued the aesthetic and symbolism embodied in the piece, well before the majority of society. 

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